Sunspot Solar Observatory

Staring at the Sun, from Sunspot, New Mexico


The on-site Sunspot Visitors Center is open daily, 9 AM – 5 PM, throughout the summer. Guided tours are offered at 11 AM and 2 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The observatory grounds are open and available for self guided tours from 8 AM to 6 PM.  The Dunn Solar Telescope does not always operate on a regular schedule, but typical hours are in the mornings through early afternoons on weekdays. When in use, the telescope is open and visitors are welcome to see the observing room.

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